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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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DOT approved Equipment?

Whats up all-

I gotta say I am not a huge fan of the turn signals on the vulcan.. So I am putting some thought into either "Chopping" them like Kanuck69 did or just getting some LED signals.

I was looking for something that would do the job but wasn't sooo big... Even with the turn signal relocation brackets I found I just don't really like the location and believe it or not they are still slightly in the way of my saddlebags.

Soooo while searching for LED tail lights on Ebay almost all of them say they are NOT DOT approved. Please refer to example 1:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Chrome-S...ht_2777wt_1163

I think I like these because they would easily mount on my taillight housing and they should still be super bright and visible.

So my question at the end of the day is... I understand that DOT approved helmets are very important but DOT approved equipment? I just cant see why it would matter on something like a turn signal...

Correct me if I'm wrong(which I probably am lol)... Thanks All!

And as always if anyone has bought a pair of LED turn signals that they mounted on the taillight that they love please toss me the link.

Thanks Everyone.

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Lubed the Spline
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Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 09:59 AM
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Just guessing here, but it seems like the larger the light, the more conspicuous it would be. I've seen tiny signal/running lights on bikes that couldn't be seen unless you were in arm's reach. Not so with DOT approved lights.

So it's probably a safety issue.

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Well, it's not about size really. It can be about visible range. Most stock turnsignals can be seen from the front and rear, and from the side.

Tne signals in your link look as though they would be unable to be seen directly from the side. This could be bad, and may be the reason they are not DOT approved. I wouldn't use them, but keep in mind laws, and most importantantly, enforcement , varies alot from place to place. Not sure a cop will pull you over because of them, or if you have safety inspections where you live, if they'd notice anything.

Your choice here on taking that chance. But I'd look for some with DOT approval, or at least better visible range.

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Thanks Flight and KM-

Both of your thoughts make sense.

I def don't want to decrease visibility in any way...

I will keep the search on.. soooooooo

Anyone who has a pair of LED turn signals that would mount to the taillight plz give me a heads up.

Def gonna buy something pretty soon.

Much appreciated all

Accomplishments;

Changed Final Drive Fluid
Iridium Plugs

NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
Rebuilt Petcock
Custom Mirrors
Custom SaddleBags
LED Taillight
Heads Up Voltage Monitor

Upcoming: Change front fork Seals & Oil, install highway pegs & floorboards
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found these on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4pcs-Motorcy...9d1c1a&vxp=mtr

and these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Shark-Fi...d918f5&vxp=mtr

not sure if they are DOT approved, but the tips have an amber lens so they can be seen from front AND side angles as well as from the rear.
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Thanks Kc2dgq-

I appreciate those links.. I was searching Vulcan LED but I reckon any universal LED will work.. I did find out that the LED lights from Clear Alternatives are also not DOT approved and they work well.... I have the brake light made by them.

Sooo perhaps not loosing the visibility & brightness is what I need to focus on..

Thanks Again!

Accomplishments;

Changed Final Drive Fluid
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NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
Rebuilt Petcock
Custom Mirrors
Custom SaddleBags
LED Taillight
Heads Up Voltage Monitor

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Here's some that are DOT approved:

http://motorcycle-accessories.cruise..._source=google


You can just do a search for " DOT approved motorcycle turnsignals " You will find cheap to costly....

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Thanks KM-

Thanks for your link. It was def helpful and I have been searching for a little while now.. From my searches to get an LED / DOT APPROVED combination is pretty costly.. About $100 bux for two...

You can get DOT Approved... Or you can get LED.. but when you do the combination it gets a lil more costly.

Much appreciated, guess I have some decisions to make.

Accomplishments;

Changed Final Drive Fluid
Iridium Plugs

NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
Rebuilt Petcock
Custom Mirrors
Custom SaddleBags
LED Taillight
Heads Up Voltage Monitor

Upcoming: Change front fork Seals & Oil, install highway pegs & floorboards
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I'd have to ask what your reasons are for getting LED lights. Can't remember the stock bulb wattage, but of course because it's a blinking light its not that much of a drain.

If your plans are to add more than 70w of accessories, LED's will save you a few watts, but you'd need to replace the front lights too.

If your not adding any extra power sucking stuff, it can be argued that reducing the power use of the electrical system with LEDs will just put more strain on the R/R unit.

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ahhhhh interesting.. from reading around on the site I was under the assumption that this was a good thing to do for the electrical system...and that's the only reason I was trying to make it happen.. My only plan in the future is to add a USB charger for my phone... but I don't know how much of a drain that would be because I have not done any research on it so far.... I did already convert to an LED taillight.

I am actually in the garage tinkering with this now.. I think I am going to attempt to do Kanuck's turn signal shave and mount them to the taillight.

If I was a little more skilled in the garage I would make your turn signal relocation bracket.. lol

Thank you for the feedback on the LED's.. and ps.. I am still going to do a write up on the UCLEAR system I purchased.. but I have only used it twice so far...

Accomplishments;

Changed Final Drive Fluid
Iridium Plugs

NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Re-Jetted
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
Rebuilt Petcock
Custom Mirrors
Custom SaddleBags
LED Taillight
Heads Up Voltage Monitor

Upcoming: Change front fork Seals & Oil, install highway pegs & floorboards
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